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Department of Invertebrate Zoology

A drawing by Giesbrecht (1892) of the Copepoda, Pontellina plumata Dana, 1849

A drawing by Giesbrecht (1892) of the Copepoda, Pontellina plumata Dana, 1849

New Database:

The Taxonomic database of this website has recently been moved into the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) database and now is hosted at www.marinespecies.org/copepoda. This database is a growing register of all marine species names, including synonymy and misspellings in common use. It is an authoritative register, and the content is controlled by taxonomic experts, not by data managers. It is a relational database that allows for: linking synonymies, distributions, hosts, images, literature sources and specimen data. In addition, it allows for multiple editors to correct and edit data. The editors of this database are Chad Walter and Geoff Boxshall.

In order to provide sufficient expert knowledge for maintaining the list, we have formed an editorial committee which will be editing and improving this database. There are numerous associate editors that will be standardizing and improving the data for groups that they are knowledgeable in. This database will hopefully promote stability in copepod nomenclature and act as a tool for higher taxonomic revisions and regional monographs and then provide a base link for other online databases that use copepod nomenclature.

Use this database for up-to-date taxonomic information on copepods.

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